NICE Programme Releases its Comparative Report on Neutral and Inclusive Communication in Corporate Environments

The NICE programme (Neutral and Inclusive Communication in Corporate Environments), co-funded by the Citizens, Equality, Rights, and Value (CERV) programme of the European Union, is delighted to announce the publication of its comparative report encompassing Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania and Romania.

From Words to Actions: Enhancing Inclusive Communication in the Workplace Report delves into the critical intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) management and professional communication within European workplaces. It offers an in-depth analysis of how public and private entities in five EU member countries – Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, and Romania – approach and integrate inclusive communication practices.

Through rigorous comparative analysis, policy evaluation, surveys, interviews, and the identification of best practices, this report aims to capture the significance of neutral and inclusive communication in corporate environments.

The report has helped us understand the status of the adoption of inclusive language in our countries, representing a critical step towards developing future learning experiences to advance the D&I agenda within our signatory organisations, the initiators noted.

Importantly, in addition to this cross-country and cross-sectional analysis, the Centre for the Study of Democracy, a co-founder of the Bulgarian Charter, also developed the Inclusive Communication in the Workplace: Bulgaria 2023 Report thus offering the first comprehensive overview of the use of neutral and inclusive language in the Bulgarian context.

The report examines the national framework, including relevant legislation, policies, and initiatives implemented by companies and NGOs operating in this country, and highlights promising practices. It provides valuable insights and recommendations for fostering a more inclusive work environment through the incorporation of communication techniques that acknowledge the distinctive needs and identities of employees.

Both reports were developed within the NICE programme that is currently implemented by the Diversity Charters in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania and Romania. The project will achieve multiple learning outcomes, including the development of signatories’ knowledge, skills, and attitude, enhanced self-knowledge, improved organisational culture, and enhanced skills for working with different groups.

A series of diversity training sessions will assist signatories not only in improving their skills and knowledge on diversity topics but also in enhancing awareness of the benefits of concrete D&I practices.